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Targett has eyes on magpies in Europe

Matt Targett has said Newcastle United are set to target European football over the next few seasons after joining the club on a permanent four-year deal.

The 26-year-old says the fact that he “enjoyed” his recent loan spell at the club was key to his decision to leave Aston Villa.

“When you’re on loan you want to give a good impression with your performance and the way you act off the pitch. I think I’ve done that,” Targett said.

“It’s probably the best dressing room I’ve been in in terms of how many players make you feel welcome and how many are leaders in that dressing room.”

Targett joined Newcastle on loan in January and was part of the squad that came to life under Eddie Howe.

The Magpies have lost just five of their 19 Premier League games since the start of the year.

Targett added: “The atmosphere on the pitch every game day, after training there are hundreds of fans outside the training ground. It’s a really intense city for football, c sure. I’m so happy to be here.

“What we did in the second half of the season I think leads into next season. I’m sure there will be a few more signings that will be exciting. The hard work starts now. We really want to kick off and get this club as high as possible.

“I hope I can be part of this club playing in Europe. I think we should try to bring this club to Europe in the next few seasons.”